For 37 years Fungie the dolphin has kept fishermen, tourists and locals company as he frolicks in the waves off the coast of west Ireland.
The solitary bottleneck dolphin appeared in Dingle Bay, off the coast of County Kerry in 1983 and since then has become one of the areas most beloved residents.
Fungie, a male dolphin, loves to seek out human company and enjoys playing with swimmers, surfers, divers and kayakers when they take to the sea.
Since he first appeared 37 years ago, Fungie has been draw for tourists from across Ireland and abroad with dolphin spotting boat trips regularly taking people out to meet the playful dolphin.
But then, several weeks ago, when Fungie, who was an adult when he arrived in Dingle Bay, wasn’t seen for a few days and the locals began to worry.